#EndSARS: Mother Of Six Asks Panel To Help Locate Missing Husband

FILE: Members of the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution at a sitting on March 30, 2021

 

The Lagos State Judicial Panel on Restitution of Victims for SARS and other related matters resumed its sitting on Saturday.

During the sitting, a trader, Mrs Gift Effiong, told the panel that she has been looking for her husband since he left home during the #EndSARS protests last year.

The witness detailed how she went from one police station to another searching for her husband, a search which also took her to prisons, hospitals and later mortuaries with no success.

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The mother of six pleaded with the panel to help her find her husband.

She is also seeking help with the education of her children all of whom she said have now dropped out of school.

In yet another case, family members, relatives friends and neighbours are still looking for the missing body of Mr Paul Lucky, a driver and security officer at Jakande Estate, in the Ilasan/Ajah area.

On October 20, Mr Lucky reportedly had an altercation with a police officer, Sgt John Dagbo of the Ilasan police station, who allegedly shot him and took his body away.

A witness, Mr Olanrewaju Kazeem, the Community Development Association Chairman of Jakande Estate, Ilasan testified to the panel.

Till date the family is yet to recover the body and the panel has granted the petitioner’s request to summon the DPO of Ilasan police station, Mrs Onyinye Onwuamaegbu to help with its findings.

In the final petition for the day, a school teacher, Egwu Celestina Ebele, told the panel about the phone call she received in December 2008 informing her that her husband was shot by a police officer on his way to work, hours after he dropped her off.

The panel adjourned all of the cases to next month.

#EndSARS: How Police Tricked Me With DHL Parcel, Petitioner Tells Lagos Panel

(FILE) Members of the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution at a sitting on November 28, 2020.

 

More petitioners showed up at the resumed sitting of the Lagos State Judicial Panel on Restitution for victims of SARS and other related matters.

One of those who testified was Mrs. Ebere Okpara who narrated how she was lured out of her house to receive a DHL parcel.

She is the second petitioner to tell the panel how police officers apprehend victims under the guise of delivering DHL parcels.

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The petitioner, who said she spent 11 days in detention, claimed she was lured, beaten, and locked up as a means to arrest her husband.

The police had claimed that he was a suspect in the investigation of the alleged kidnapper, Chuwkudeme Onwuamadike popularly known as Evans, a claim the petitioner denies.

Doctor Says Pellets Were Removed From #EndSARS Patients On October 20

A trauma and orthopaedic doctor on Saturday said pellets were removed from some patients who presented themselves for treatment at Reddington Hospital on the night of October 20.

Officials of the Nigerian military opened fire on protesters calling for an end to police brutality at the Lekki toll gate plaza on October 20.

While the Nigerian government and military have denied any wrongdoing, the number of casualties recorded at the toll gate that night remains unknown.

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Testifying before the Lagos State Judicial Panel, Babajide Lawson said the medical protocols to be followed in such circumstances is for the police to be invited and for the pellets to be handed over to them.

The doctor, who said he did not personally extract any bullet, also testified that the hospital saw a large number of patients on the night that soldiers opened fire on protesters at the Lekki toll gate plaza.

Under cross-examination, Babajide admitted that there is a likelihood that the hospital did not capture the records of all the patients who presented themselves.

#ENDSARS Shooting: Nigerian Army Fails To Appear Before Lagos Panel

(FILE) Members of the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution at a sitting on November 28, 2020.

 

The Nigerian Army has again failed to appear before the Lagos State Judicial Panel on Restitution for victims of SARS and other related matters.

It’s the third time they’ve failed to honour the summons of the panel for officers involved in the shooting to explain what happened at the Lekki toll gate on the 20th of October 2020.

At today’s proceedings, Counsel to the panel, Jonathan Ogunsanya confirmed that summons were sent to three army officers.

“Summons was sent to Colonel Bello. The second summons was served on Major General Godwin Umelo, the General Officer Commanding 81 Division, Lagos and Ogun State of the Nigerian Army, Victoria Island.
The third summon was issued and served on Brigadier General Francis Ogbaje Omata of the Nigerian Army, Obalende Barracks”.

The counsel then tendered the summons for the panel to view.

Counsel to the #ENDSARS protesters, Adesina Ogunlana has asked the panel to summon the counsel on record for the Nigerian Army, Akinlolu Kehinde (SAN) to respond to the summons and the failure of the army officers to appear.

But the counsel to the panel, Jonathan Ogunsanya told the panel that Mr Akinlolu Kehinde (SAN) has said that he is no longer representing the Nigerian Army and any effort to get him to appear before the panel may not have legal backing.

The Chairman of the panel, Justice Doris Okuwobi has ordered that a letter should be issued to the counsel on record for the army, Mr Akinlolu Kehinde (SAN) to appear before the panel at the next adjourned date to explain why he would not conclude the case of the Nigerian Army.

“I must reiterate and state that this is a fact-finding panel and not the regular courts where counsel can decide the choice of witnesses they want to present in their case. The summons to those military officers had become necessary for other parties to hear their evidence and cross-examine them if necessary. It behoves on Mr Kehinde to assist the panel to achieve this task in the course of the investigation of the Lekki incident. He is needed to conclude this part of his brief. For the other victim-related petitions which are 14 against the Army, I implore the military authority to appear and present their defence so that no issue of denial of fair hearing will arise when the panel’s report is submitted to government”.

All matters involving the Nigerian Army were then adjourned till the 30th Jan, 2021.

#EndSARS: Lagos Panel Summons Ex-Police PRO, Dolapo Badmus

(FILE) Members of the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution at a sitting on November 28, 2020.

 

The Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution for Victims of SARS related Abuses and Lekki Toll Gate incident has summoned the former spokesman of the Lagos State Police Command, Dolapo Badmus.

Ms. Badmus was summoned after a petitioner, Olajide Fowotade alleged that the ex-spokesperson is aware of an offence committed against him by a member of the defunct SARS.

During his submission to the panel on Saturday, Mr. Fowotade said Ms Badmus reached out to him after a media report on the offence committed on him by the police officer he identified as Ayo Odudu.

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Mr. Fowotade claimed that the officer knocked out his teeth during an altercation.

The panel then ruled that a summon will be issued to compel Ms. Badmus to come before it and say what she knows about the matter.

The case was adjourned till January 15 when Ms. Badmus is expected to appear before the panel.

Police Brutality: Lagos Judicial Panel Resumes Sitting

Members of the Lagos Judicial Panel of Inquiry arrive for the resumption of the sitting in Lekki on November 14, 2020. Credit: @EditiEffiong

 

The Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry investigating the Lekki tollgate incident and other SARS related abuses and matters on Friday continued its sitting and the cross-examination of petitioners. 

During the cross-examination of the petitioners, the panel will continue its hearing from Ndukwe Ekekwe who alleged that the officers of the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) beat him up and then transferred him to their office in Ikeja.

Beyond the beating, Ekekwe said he was stabbed at different parts of his body by the officers, and later taken to his shop at Alaba where they broke in and started auctioning his products.

Thereafter, as he started shouting for help, he said the officers took him up a two-story building and threw him down – an incident which caused him to break his spine.

In its last sitting, the panel also heard the case of a couple, Okechukwu Obechina and Nzube Obechina.

Mrs Nzube Obiechina during her first appearance before the panel on October 31st said she lost her two-month pregnancy while being detained for 22 days at the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in Ikeja, Lagos State.

Before its last sitting, the panel had gone on a one-week break following the absence of youth representatives.

Panel chairman and a retired Chief Judge of Lagos, Justice Doris Okuwobi had adjourned on November 7 when its proceedings were disrupted over the inability to form a quorum due to absence of two youth members protesting against the freezing of the bank account of #EndSARS promoters by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

– First Sitting –

The judicial panel had its first sitting on Tuesday, 27 October.

The sitting commenced with the swearing-in of Rinu Odulala and Temitope Majekodunmi as representatives of youths on the panel.

Also, sworn-in as a member of the panel is Lucas Koyejo representing the Nigeria Human Rights Commission (NHRC).

The only petitioner taken on the first day of the sitting was Okoli Aguwu. He explained that he spent 47 days in SARS detention, accused of theft by his boss.

Agwu demands compensation from the Nigeria Police and wants his stolen properties returned.

 

 

More Petitioners Heard As Lagos Panel Of Inquiry Resumes Sitting

 

The Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution set up to look into brutality and high handedness by the now-disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) unit of the Nigeria Police Force on Tuesday continued its sitting.

The first case to be heard by the panel was that of a couple, Okechukwu Obechina and Nzube Obechina.

Mrs Nzube Obiechina during her first appearance before the panel on October 31st said she lost her two-month pregnancy while being detained for 22 days at the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in Ikeja, Lagos State.

During cross-examination, Legal Officer, Intelligence Response Team, Nosa Uhumwango picked holes in the testimony of Mrs Obiechina, saying there are contradictions in her statement and her testimonies.

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Nzugbe, however, made a rebuttal. She insisted that she was not released on the same day as her husband. She was held for a week until her husband could borrow money for bail. She also insisted that the officers who arrested and detained her were aware that she was pregnant.

“They were all aware that I was pregnant,” Nzugbe told the panel.

The legal officer later tried to dismiss Nzugbe’s claim that she lost a pregnancy. This was objected by Counsel to the petitioner, Ridwan Oke.

The objection was sustained.

The Legal Officer, Intelligence Response Team said there was no torture, but a court already established there was.

The chairman of the panel, Retired Justice Doris Okuwobi later told Legal Officer, Intelligence Response Team, to focus and not relitigate an issue that has already been decided by the court.

Subsequently, the case was adjourned, and another case called.

 

– First Sitting –

The judicial panel had its first sitting on Tuesday, 27 October.

The sitting commenced with the swearing-in of Rinu Odulala and Temitope Majekodunmi as representatives of youths on the panel.

Also, sworn-in as a member of the panel is Lucas Koyejo representing the Nigeria Human Rights Commission (NHRC).

The only petitioner taken on the first day of the sitting was Okoli Aguwu. He explained that he spent 47 days in SARS detention, accused of theft by his boss.

Agwu demands compensation from the Nigeria Police and wants his stolen properties returned.